While reading Joshua Brown’s article “History & the Web” I realized firstly that in the short time since it was written so many technological developments occurred, and secondly that the base message still rings true today – How do you utilize the non-linear democratic capacity of the web and still get visitors to come out with a deeper knowledge of the subject? In Clio I, we learned about a lot of different digital tools that lent themselves to interactivity and then tried applying compatible versions to our own project. In the process, we learned (good or bad) which tools were the best use of the space and best way to present our project.
Revisiting this idea forced me to reevaluate my project from last semester. For example, I still want to use CartoDB to map all of the graduate’s hometowns, but wish the maps could integrate into the site as another search tool. I also dabbled with 3D modeling last semester, but want to take it to the next level to allow user manipulation (all I could figure out to make was a 360 degree video of a ring). What I’d like to end up with is something like the 3D models of skulls from the Smithsonian’s X-3D exhibit. Just this week at work we discovered Bruegel: A Fall with the Rebel Angels, a VR manipulative video interpreting the famed piece at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. I would love to know how they accomplished this! Using Zoomify or Thinglink (which I also used last semester) gets the same idea across but at not nearly the same level. As of now I plan to use Zoomify to show other items in the museum’s collection that pertain to the graduate by using the slideshow/slidestack and caption options.
The Lynda.com video about creating polls and surveys is intriguing but I’m not sure how it could be used for my project. I did wonder about a form for people inquiring about donating items to the Museum, but as a federal institution we can’t solicit donations so I’m not sure where that falls in the spectrum. Probably just comes down to the wording.
While still in my infancy with databases (only Clio I knowledge of Omeka) I realize the inherent interactivity and openness of making available some of your collection online with metadata. That being said, Omeka’s manipulation limitations have me searching for other options. If I don’t end up going with these options then is there a way to host Omeka within our own designed site? Or would we simply link out to the separate Omeka project? I know I just need the time to play with it and figure it out.